State senator warns of 'insurgency,' 'sedition' by Trump critics
Posted March 4
Updated March 5
Raleigh, N.C. — At a Republican rally in support of President Donald Trump in Raleigh Saturday, state Sen. Ron Rabin, R-Harnett, painted a dark, threatening picture of Trump’s critics, suggesting that those who support "resistance" against the president may be guilty of treason.
The rally, organized by the North Carolina Republican Party, was one of many "March 4 Trump" rallies around the country Saturday. Rabin was one of about a dozen speakers scheduled.
Weaving a tapestry of conspiracy theory and the occasional debunked claim, Rabin claimed that the media, "except for one station," is in league with "the Hollywood elite" and "elite universities" in "a cabal of leftists and internationalists" that includes billionaire Democratic supporter George Soros.
"Ninety percent of the people in the media donated to Hillary Rodham Clinton," Rabin told the crowd. "They have become propagandists rather than reporters."
Soros "spends beaucoup dollars buying the little tin horns and drums for those guys," Rabin claimed, gesturing at a group of counter-protestors behind him. "He wants to destroy the United States."
"I am in violent disagreement with that group of cuckoo clocks," he added.
Speaking between occasional chants of "Build that wall!" and "Lock her up!" from an enthusiastic crowd of several hundred, Rabin also claimed that the United Nations is "anti- the United States and anti- our greatest ally in the Middle East, the great state of Israel."
"Let’s make them pay their parking tickets," he said of the UN, "and use the money to build them a new building someplace else."
But he saved his most vehement criticism for those involved in protests criticizing Trump, especially elected Democrats such as U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
"The key word is resistance," Rabin, a veteran, told the crowd. "How many of you guys have counter-insurgency backgrounds? Resistance is the forerunner of insurgency, folks."
Rabin warned the crowd of "ocean-to-ocean coordination" by what he called "the insurgency."
"They’re resisting the law and good order of the president," he said. "Pockets will happen, and we have the violence and the increasing violence in the protests."
He suggested that elected officials who support the protests may be guilty of treason.
"What possible right do they have to say they resist the presidency of the United States?" Rabin asked. "What they’re doing is really an act of sedition, these elected officials who swore an oath to defend the Constitution.
"Guess what follows that? If that isn’t high crime and misdemeanor, I don’t know what is, folks," he declared.